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Web Link to the MDHTALK Legislation and Regulations Metal Detecting Page
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WWATS - Texas Treasure Show 2009 Keith Wills
The following eight - 10 minute You Tube videos represent Keith Wills presentation on the condition of the Metal Detecting Hobby and what can be done.
Video One, Video Two, Video Three, Video Four, Video Five, Video Six, Video Seven, Video Eight
 

Federation of Metal Detector and Archaeological Clubs
                                   Inc. (FMDAC)


FMDAC Website

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The Federation of Metal Detector and Archaeological Clubs Inc. (FMDAC) was organized in 1984 as a legislative and educational organization and incorporated, as a non-profit, non-commercial, non-partisan organization.

The FMDAC's Mission: The FMDAC is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and protection for the hobby of recreational metal detecting and prospecting.

The FMDAC's Purpose:
To unite, promote and encourage the establishment of metal detecting clubs.
To preserve the sport / hobby of recreational metal detecting and prospecting.
To make available to FMDAC clubs and Independent members information pertaining to the hobby and to keep members informed as to active legislation.

The FMDAC's Goal is to Educate and inform the public as to the merits of recreational metal detecting.

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April 02, 2021 NEW

Mark Schuessler, FMDAC President's Message

Hello Everyone.

A potential detecting ban has been suggested in Walingford, CT. I say potential as at this time there is nothing in writing. It was discussed at a committee meeting and was left that the parks director would write something up for the committee to consider. We are assisting the local club with attempting to fend it off before it happens, before it gets to the point of having to battle an actual “bill” in the town council.

This came about mainly due to athletic field markers getting dug up and removed. Those markers are 3 in long bolts. The small size and removability is the problem as responsible hunters will remove “trash” encountered. Second to that was sloppy digging. Three detectorists spoke at the online meeting and did a great job of presenting the hobby. We followed up with a letter to the parks director with suggestions on how to alleviate the problem with the markers. We also included suggestions on the digging problem and included our target recovery sheets.

We are hopeful that this can be stopped before it goes any further. If not then we will let everyone know and we will provide contact info for the council members.

For any of you who are officers in ANY organizations that have an online presence with officers listed, there is a scam that you should be aware of. This goes back beginning several years ago when the FMDAC treasurer received email requests for money that looked like they were coming from me. They were a bit vague but convincing. Luckily he checked with me. Recently many of the officers received emails asking for money that used my name. However it was not my email address. Pass it around to your officers and especially the treasurers to double check any money requests that come via email. Do not do it by replying as it will go the scammer. Check the email address with what you have in your address book. Check it out by initiating a separate email or do it by phone or text. The length scammers will go are endless and there is always a new one popping up.

Last of all with regret I announce that Lee is resigning as the newsgram editor. Lee has done a great job for several years and we thank him for his efforts. It is not a small undertaking to put this together and we appreciate his efforts.

Happy Hunting
Mark Schuessler, FMDAC President

 



November 16, 2019
City of Savannah, Georgia ARCHAEOLOGY RESOURCE PROTECTION DRAFT ORDINANCE
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April 17, 2018
Press Release
Hello to all members and non members. Please read the announcement below direct from the FMDAC President, Mark Schuessler
Target Recovery Certification Program

November 24, 2017 Press Release
April 28, 2017
FMDAC News Release
August 14, 2016 FMDAC Press Release
SAA Task Force on Professional Archaeologists, Avocational Archaeologists, & Artifact Collectors Web Link
September 07, 2015 FMDAC Presidents Message Read Here
March 05, 2015 FMDAC Presidents Message 1st Qtr Select Here
November 13, 2014 FMDAC Presidents Message Fall 2014 Select Here
May 09, 2014 - Presidents Report on Facebook or View This PDF File
May 09, 2014 - FMDAC's Response to the Massachusetts Metal Detecting Issue Fackbook or View This PDF File
December 27, 2013 - Presidents Report on Facebook
August 24, 2013 - 2013 2nd Qtr President's Report



    
MDAW - Metal Detecting Association of Washington


MDAW Website

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The Metal Detecting Association of Washington was started to promote, protect and preserve recreational metal detecting here, in the State of Washington. Some of the concerns related to detecting in this state are unique to the Pacific Northwest. As a group we strive to work with hobbyists, in clubs or not, who want to enjoy metal detecting, follow the rules set down about the hobby and in some cases help to change those rules. The MDAW works in cooperation with the Office of Historical and Archaeological Preservation of Washington State and Washington State Parks.

The MDAW is an active organization of metal detecting clubs and individuals throughout Washington State working to promote recreational metal detecting for the public.

A project being worked on at this time is trying to get state parks to open more areas within the designated state recreational lands to recreational metal detecting.

Having completed an educational workshop with staff from the archaeological preservation office of Washington State. We have what we feel is a good working relationship and are working to keep it that way.

On the following pages you will find many parks and other areas that may be open to metal detecting.  Always make sure that an area is ok to detect.

Please read these links to the latest WA State Park rules.

Metal Detecting Maps Be sure you check maps and complete a metal detecting brochure.

County and city rules may vary. Please check with the individual parks departments.



  Texas Association of Metal Detecting Clubs



The purpose of the TAMDC shall be to unite, promote, and encourage metal detecting clubs in Texas, through education and instruction in the recovery and preservation of historical facts, relics, and artifacts. It is the intent and charter of this association to develop and maintain a positive image for metal detectorists and their activities at local, state, and national levels through performance of selected community service projects and through adherence to the TAMDC code of ethics.


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The Historical Hearne-Gidden Home Coming Back to Life
From Houston to Ft. Worth, from Dallas to Austin, and all towns in between, twenty metal detectorists from the Texas Association of Metal Detecting Clubs (T.A.M.D.C.) converged on Kosse, TX on December 16th in partnership with the Kosse Heritage Society for a T.A.M.D.C. “GIVES BACK” Community Service Project. The purpose of the event was to help raise awareness and funds for Kosse Heritage Society’s, Hearne-Gidden Restoration Project, by recovering historical artifacts from the ground around the historical home. Read More
The Western Mining Alliance is the organization of independent miners across the West. Since our inception in the small, historic mining town of Laporte where we had three people, we have now grown into a movement of thousands of miners. Based in Reno, Nevada, The Western Mining Alliance is defending the rights of over 55,000 claim holders across the West. Our objective is simple, to restore our Constitutional rights to mine and to present science based evidence on the truth about mining.

Western Mining Alliance Website

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AMRA-American Mining Rights Association is a 501 (c)(3) Non-profit Association and was created by miners and public land users, for miners and public land users to preserve and maintain their rights as they pertain to access to their public lands and their rights to obtain the minerals on those lands. We are not a gold club but rather an advocacy group.

AMRA Website

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Get the Latest News from these websites. Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA) - News on legal issues for the gold prospecting community.  

Gold Prospectors Website

GPAA Facebook Page

April News Link

Prospecting and Mining Journal (IMCJ)- News on legal issues in the gold prospecting community.



Prospecting and Mining Journal Website

IMCJ Facebook Page

April Mining District News


Public Lands for the People - A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit
                                    Organization


Public Lands for the People Website

PLP Facebook Page

PLP was constructed for the purpose of representing all outdoor user groups and individuals that are interested in keeping public and private lands open to prospecting, mining, and outdoor recreation on a non-discriminatory basis! PLP assists groups to join forces to maintain the laws and rights of all citizens on public and private lands (Federal, State and City). PLP will assist with representation at public hearings of government agencies that are proposing limitations and restrictions on the lands that belong to the people. PLP DOES LITIGATE! We will file injunctions, when necessary, to prevent governmental agencies from discussing public issues behind closed doors and calling them “personnel meetings”. We will come to the aid of, and give individual attention to, persons or groups who are being harassed, intimidated or mislead by people in authority (in or out of uniform) who are attempting to enforce their own ideas or opinions of laws, rules or regulations, rather than the actual laws, rules or regulations, and what it actually means.

02-27-2021 New PLP Researchers make major breakthrough on Forest Service Land Access Problems

Public Lands for the People (PLP) is preparing to release materials that the Forest Service does not want miners to know about. These online materials (take 4 steps and a few minutes to perform) are probably the most effective bug spray to legally use on rogue Forest Service agents ever contemplated by PLP in all its 30 years of existence. It is totally legal and professional, and it has already been used numerous time in the field by PLP members on National Forest Service managed lands. It works on access problems, occupancy limitation problems and whole lot more. It gives the legal power to the miner to resist the requirement to submit an NOI or POO when the surface disturbance activities are clearly insignificant. It employs the bundle of rights known as "Miners Right of Self-Initiation" under the Mining Act and puts an effective leash on the Forest Service agency and radical environmentalists who often plot to deprive you of your livelihood. These materials are not only an effective deterrent from Forest Service citation but a gold mine of legal research knowledge any mining lawyer would love to charge you an arm and a leg for in a legal battle. Thanks to our PLP member support, our trips to Washington D.C. have netted us an inside track to data on the Forest Service (and other agencies) that we are prepared to release to our members.

PLP members that are renewing online and by mail will start receiving these valuable gems of knowledge as a new bonus along with our member card and orange challenge card. PLP can say with confidence, that the Forest Service will never treat known PLP members the same again. As you probably know, knowledge is power and a highly effective tool against your enemies who wish to deprive you of your rights!

February 09, 2021 New PLP Press Release
New Path for Legally Re-Starting Gold Suction Dredge Mining


Due to the results of the 2020 national election, Public Lands for the People (PLP) is actively researching a new path for legally reopening gold suction dredge mining in the U.S. The research was started over 2 years ago but was put on hold to pursue recommended legislative routes through the National Defense Authorization Act (that is still ongoing) and through Presidential executive orders. Now that we have a new Democrat administration and Democrat majority in Congress, our path will have to be more bipartisan in structure and purpose—all the while without compromise of your mining rights. One might think that this would be an impossible task if you are new to PLP or do not follow the legal cases we have won for our members, but long-timers in PLP know well that we have beaten the odds before and we can do it again.

We are sending our research of suction dredging to an independent, non-partisan national research group PLP has worked with for the past several years in Washington D.C. By doing so, it will help lay the foundation for bipartisan legislation that could remove the obstacles suction dredge miners face in the U.S. The miners have been saying the science is on our side and that suction dredging is a net benefit to the environment for many years, but the mining community was unable to carry this premise properly so it could be implemented into legislative form. PLP’s working group will lay that foundation and in the coming year, release the findings. We can then step forward with draft federal legislation for bipartisan sponsorship.

You can follow our monthly updates in ICMJ’s Prospecting & Mining Journal for free. February’s update can be found here: PLP Update | ICMJs Prospecting and Mining Journal

Reprinted with permission:

PLP Update
February 2021 by Scott Harn

I admit I was sitting on pins and needles, waiting to see if President Trump would sign the proposed Executive Order we presented with Public Lands for the People (PLP) prior to the expiration of his term in office.

Even the news organization Reuters believed that another Executive Order related to mining would be issued, stating on January 8: Read The Complete Press Release

Dec 06, 2020 Press Release
September 01, 2020 PLP Press Release
August 18, 2020  FOR 30 YEARS: PLP exists to "Represent and assist outdoor user groups and individuals interested in keeping public and private lands open to prospecting, mining and outdoor recreation through education, scientific data and legal means." Press Release
June 11, 2020
PLP Prospector Cross Training
March 17, 2020 PLP Press Release
December 23, 2019 PLP Press Release
November 01, 2019 PLP’s OCTOBER SURPRISE News Release!
July 22, 2019 PLP Press Release The 2019 Grand Raffle is in the history books! PLP is ramping up for its 30th year of working hard to preserve our rights.
July 03, 2019 PLP Grand Raffle Looming Ahead Press Relewase
June 18, 2019 PLP Press Release Newsletter The much-anticipated “Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals” has now been released by an interagency report.
04-30-19  Read the Complete News Release PLP has proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) called “Critical Minerals: National Security Amendments to the NDAA”.

04-15-19 PLP 2019 Grand Raffle is underway! Get your tickets early!
December 19, 2018
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PLP 2018 Grand Raffle Winners Press Release
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September 03, 2105 PLP/MMAC Oktoberfest Fundraise Press Release
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May 08, 2015
PLP Miners Win Federal Preemption Press Release
May 08, 2015 PLP - Message from the Minerals and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) Press Release
March 17, 2015 Cleveland National Forest has decided to close more roads PLP Press Release
March 03, 2015
MINERS DECLARE INDEPENDENCE-MMAC Press Release
February 23, 2015 We rolling out a new website PLP News Release & Request
January 21, 2015 A win for PLP is a win for the small scale mining community and all public land users. Read the Complete Press Release
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December 29, 2014  Tribute to Jerry Hobbs Read the Complete Press Release
October 23, 2014 Three things in this press release PLP wants to inform you about. Press Release
October 07, 2014  Press Release The Oregon State House,
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/allow-suction-dredge?source=s.icn.em.mt&r_by=11403933
January 01, 2014 Public Lands for the People marching towards VICTORY! YouTube Video